Proposed city budget includes tax increase to invest in public safety and infrastructure
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett will present his proposed 2015 city budget to the Common Council today.
The proposed budget includes continued efforts to address the city's foreclosure crisis, plans to invest in city infrastructure, public safety, and building a network of libraries.
Barrett said taxpayers can expect to see an increase on their next tax bill of about $5 for the average homeowner, an increase the mayor says will help make the city stronger and safer.
\"We continue to invest in public safety and our infrastructure,\" Barrett said Monday. \"We're going to be putting over $80 million into infrastructure this year so we can continue to improve the quality of the streets, the sewers, the street lights in the city of Milwaukee.\"
The mayor says his proposed budget also allows for about 85 new police officers to join the department and help curb violent crime in the city.
CBS 58's Matt Doyle has more on the mayor's proposed budget.